Updated May 12, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Surround Sound Receivers

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you're setting up a home theater or just tricking out a stereo system in your living space, the surround sound receivers on our list will provide you with a base of operations that can power up to 13 speakers while relaying everything from vinyl records to 4K movies. We've included options for a wide range of budgets, ranked here by their audio quality, flexibility, and ease of setup. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best surround sound receiver on Amazon.

10. Onkyo TX-NR686 7.2 Channel

9. Yamaha RX-V485BL 5.1 Channel

8. Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303

7. Denon AVR-S940H

6. Integra DRX-2.3 Network

5. Marantz AV SR7013

4. Sony STR-DH790

3. Marantz AV SR5013

2. Yamaha RX-V685

1. Denon AVR-X6500H

Editor's Notes

May 09, 2019:

This is a category with a slew of great options, without a lot separating one from the next. There's a bit of a hierarchy based on watts per channel, as well as the total number of channels. That said, anything more than 5.1 might be superfluous in the eyes of may users unless you really picture yourself setting up multiple zones for playing music. After those initial considerations, it was important to us that a given receiver offered a lot of connectivity options, as well as integrations with smart home devices. The Marantz models at numbers three and five are great examples of pretty complete systems, but that tiny display is frustrating if you want your base to look as good as it sounds. Denon's offering at number one is definitely the best combination of features, price, and ease of use, and its preamps and 4K pass-through make for a high-resolution viewing experience with outstanding audio performance and eye-popping color depth. Don't sleep on the latter half of this list though; we've included some of the best budget options on the market among its ranks, and many of those devices are less expensive because they limit themselves to 5.1 or 7.2 channels, making them ideal for anyone looking specifically for a theater setup.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 12, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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